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    Default Weight gain 4-5 month old colt

    He is healthy but a bit of a sting bean, lots of ribs showing. Mom is a fat 5 yo and this is her first foal. She is not a heavy milk producer. They are on grass in the daytime, but its getting thin now, and in at night getting free choice hay and Strategy. Any suggestions for a quick weight gain supplement for the foal. I have dosed him with pro biotic and he has been wormed with vet supervision. He is shiny with good bloom on his coat, just thinish.
    I read somewhere that high fat does not work on foals as they cannot utilize it.??



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    Is he eating foal feed yet? You may want to try that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by siegi b. View Post
    Is he eating foal feed yet? You may want to try that...
    Do you have a favorite brand. I bought some Purina Jr. feed yesterday. It all pelleted.



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    I had one like this last season. Was well and active etc but was never as well covered as the others. Mare seemed to have plenty of milk but perhaps it wasn't very rich. Also this foal was way more active than the others, liked nothing more that to flat out gallop everywhere. He slept lying down less too.

    I had to organise a creep feed area and used foal feed. He picked up a bit after that but it wasn't 'til he was weaned that I saw him gain considerably.

    Use the best foal feed you can get, perhaps with added milk pellets. Foals can digest fats (milk is quite fatty) but don't do well on adult feeds.



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    I use Pennfield's Ultra Breeder but most brands will have a formula for youngsters.
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    I've heard Triple Crown Growth is great, just be careful not to plump him too much too fast, you will create growth issues... I've been there and we all want beautiful non ribby babies, but they should be a little ribby.. whatever you decide to do, make sure that he is getting the proper levels of his minerals vitamins etc... maybe add some alfalfa to his diet? Thats my favorite for the youngsters.
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    Ultium growth, it works great!! I love it.
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    Buckeye Gro'n Win

    I wouldn't worry about him being thin. Just make sure he's getting the nutrients and free choice pasture or hay in addition to moms milk. You sure don't want to create a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosebudranch View Post
    I've heard Triple Crown Growth is great, just be careful not to plump him too much too fast, you will create growth issues... I've been there and we all want beautiful non ribby babies, but they should be a little ribby.. whatever you decide to do, make sure that he is getting the proper levels of his minerals vitamins etc... maybe add some alfalfa to his diet? Thats my favorite for the youngsters.
    He is getting close to weaning time and I don't want him ribby going into that transition as well as winter. It gets cold up here in the North. He is my first colt who is ribby this late in the season. Have to admit though, he was growing so fast, got a bit upright in the pasterns, we were worried for a while so we had him on an all grass and grass hay diet plus minerals and Mom's milk of course. My vet says, 90% of growth is genetics and we only get to influence the last 10%. This of course means we have reasonable and intelligent breeders not doing anything too crazy. My vet practice thinks vitamins are not needed and can be harmful if the horses are on good grass. But, we always feed some mineral here as we have Selenium deficient soils
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    You CAN control the rate of growth (to a certain extent) by cutting their feed. And while they are growing so fast you need to provide them with the proper vitamins and minerals so they can lay down good bone in the process.

    In my experience, most vets are not up on proper nutrition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by back in the saddle View Post
    You CAN control the rate of growth (to a certain extent) by cutting their feed. And while they are growing so fast you need to provide them with the proper vitamins and minerals so they can lay down good bone in the process.

    In my experience, most vets are not up on proper nutrition.
    My vets are 3 equine specialist and two are breeders. They are pretty good all added together.



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    What do your vets suggest?



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    So they don't believe in ration balancers?
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    i wouldnt reccomend ultium growth.. had my now two year old on it feeding reccomended dose.. and his growth spiked.. had some horrible ephyphisitis after that..
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